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Maryland capitalizes on Syracuse miscues, beats Orange 34-20

  • Maryland’s C.J. Brown passes in the third quarter of the NCAA college football game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Maryland won 34-20. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Maryland’s C.J. Brown passes in the third quarter of the NCAA college football game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Maryland won 34-20. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maryland’s Marcus Leak signals for the first down after making a catch in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Maryland’s Marcus Leak signals for the first down after making a catch in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maryland’s head coach Randy Edsall looks at the scoreboard late in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse, in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Maryland’s head coach Randy Edsall looks at the scoreboard late in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse, in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

C.J. Brown threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback William Lively returned an interception 88 yards for another score, and Maryland beat mistake-prone Syracuse 34-20 on Saturday.

Lively, who forced a fumble, had an interception, and returned a punt for a touchdown against West Virginia last week, intercepted a Terrel Hunt pass at the Maryland 12 and raced down the right sideline for a score with 3:37 to go in the first half, giving Maryland a commanding 31-13 lead.

Maryland (3-1), which entered the game averaging 37.7 points per game, the highest in school history, almost scored its average in the first half en route to its 18-point lead at intermission.

After the Orange (2-1) took a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Ryan Norton, Maryland went to work.